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5 Things to Know About Smart Whiteboard Connectivity

Interactive whiteboards are expected in modern classrooms as learning continues to advance through the integration of technology and collaboration. With screen sharing options, as well as touch screen capabilities, they transform the way students and teachers interact in the classroom. Read on to learn the basics of smart whiteboards and how to install them in your classrooms.

1. They take screen sharing to a new level.

Generally speaking, smart whiteboards are large display panel connected to a computer and a projector. Once connected, the projector displays your computer's screen onto the whiteboard panel, where students can interact with the visual display.

2. You've got the power.

Or, your pen does. Teachers and students can interact with the whiteboard using special pens, touch controls, or other customized devices that collect user inputs to control the screen. These inputs include writing, starting or stopping videos, selecting a webpage, and more. Similar to a computer mouse, a connection back to the computer is required to interpret these user inputs.

3. Simplify installation and updates with USB.

USB technology provides features to streamline the installation process by relaying user inputs to your computer, supporting video and audio signals, and providing charging power. Instead of running separate cables, a single USB cable can also carry information to speakers and offers five volts of DC power to your interactive touchscreen.

4. Your signal can go the distance – with the proper connectivity.

A typical USB connection has a maximum length of approximately five meters. With most connections being tethered to an instructor's desktop computer or podium, many touchscreen whiteboards require additional extenders. Active extension cables can extend a USB connection anywhere from 17 meters (56ft) to 36 meters (117ft) away, and up to three extensions can be chained together to achieve distances up to 36 meters total.

For longer cable runs, USB can be converted using a transmitter and receiver unit to allow transmission over standard network cabling such as Cat6 or Cat6a. This type of solution is called a "USB over Cat6 solution" and provides connectivity up to 45 meters (150ft) away. Cat6 cabling allows it to fit in small spaces such as conduits and raceways.

5. Classroom control is a button click away.

Well, control of your AV equipment, that is! When paired with an AV Controller, you can easily manage the functions of your whiteboard projector, as well as any integrated speakers or other third-party devices. With simplified installation and programming options, you can reduce frustration in your classroom AV setup and return to a productive academic year.

This white paper is for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice. C2G makes no guarantees, either expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness or reliability of the information found in this document.